By Matt Snyder
That headline I just wrote it sure to draw the ire of several fan bases. What about pairing Roy Halladay with either Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels or Roy Oswalt? Or the defending World Series champs with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain? Once Zack Greinke gets healthy, joining Yovani Gallardo is a very potent duo atop the Brewers' rotation. Several other teams could have something to say about it, too. But look at what Dan Haren and Jered Weaver are doing right for the Angels.
You know what they're doing? Carrying their team.
After Tuesday night's win over the red hot Indians, the Angels have won six games. Weaver and Hared are each 3-0. One of Haren's wins was a relief appearances, as the team needed him in extra innings. To simplify everything: the Angels have only won games in which either Haren or Weaver appeared. And they've lost every game where neither appeared.
It's pretty easy to see why. Just look at what these two are doing to opposing hitters.
Weaver has thrown 20 2/3 innings, giving up only nine hits and two earned runs (0.87 ERA). He leads the majors with 27 strikeouts and sports a 0.87 WHIP.
Upon completion of a one-hit shutout Tuesday night, Haren lowered his ERA to a minuscule 0.73. He's only allowed 11 hits and two walks in 24 2/3 innings (good for a 0.53 WHIP) while striking out 21. Yes, you read that correctly, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a masterful 10.5 to one.
All told, Haren and Weaver have been on the mound for the rough equivalent of five full games and only let four runners cross home plate.
Things could change over the course of the season and there are certainly several great options in the argument for the best one-two punch of starting pitching, but as of right this second, no one is better than Haren and Weaver. Considering both are durable and in the middle of their prime, the smart money's on them staying in the toward the forefront of the conversation the entire season, even if they don't have the name recognition of some others.
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